Friday, October 06, 2006

As expected, a UAB team missing nine starters wound up with a 21-3 win over a Troy team that managed to play well above it's pay grade to push both Florida State and Georgia Tech before taking the paycheck whipping it had been asking for at Nebraska.

After September we now sit at 2-3, not the 3-2 we should have had and were expected to manage easily. 2-3, 3-2, there's not much difference, right? Only if you consider it was Mississippi State that set us back a game and very well could be the nail in the coffin of our bowl appearance dreams this season. Looking at the rest of the schedule, only Marshall seems like a sure lock with Rice not too far behind.

But back to the present, our next match up is with the Memphis Tigers, probably the closest thing to a big time rivalry this program will ever see. The Tigers sit at 1-3 (0-1), with their sole win coming against 1-AA Chattanooga, and have dropped six straight to the Blazers despite being a 'dark horse BCS buster' the past few seasons and riding on the shoulders of D'angelo Williams. There isn't a single Memphis player whose name I could tell you at the moment (though I seem to recall their quarterback having a similar name to a guy I went to high school with, who's name also escapes me), but I suppose that doesn't matter. What does matter is that the rivalry has an official name now, The Battle of the Bones. There's nothing like taking home a giant metal rack of ribs to get your players motivated.

Again, I'm not sure what to expect from the Blazers besides a lot of shotgun draws and the occasional fumble. Watson seems to think that calling the same plays with different personnel is the solution to his offensive troubles, completely ignoring the fact that everyone in the stadium knows exactly what he's going to call next, including the four year old kid decked out in his team's colors waving a "We're #1" finger while his team is down by three scores in the fourth quarter. Thankfully Memphis is weak enough for that to work.

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